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{UAH} Jerome Ssozi Kaddumukasa, a CBS radio journalist, had an enviable deep voice!


Jerome Ssozi Kaddumukasa, a CBS radio journalist, had an enviable deep voice and off air, he projected himself as someone of authority. When he moderated CBS' open air debate show, Mambo Bado, he became an instant hit. Unlike many radio moderators, he combined calmness with knowledge of the subject he was tackling. It was only a matter of time before he threw his hat into the political ring. And throw it, he did, when he decided to contest in Mityana South in 2006. He easily defeated the incumbent Augustine Nshimye, who is now a justice at the Supreme Court.

On Mambo Bado, Kaddumukasa had made his mark by criticizing government policies and by largely providing a platform to those who shared his views. On several occasions, the authorities tried to ban the show (they eventually succeeded in 2009). Yet once in parliament, Kaddumukasa, an independent, not only went silent, he became indecisive as to whether he should embrace the opposition or make out with the NRM. Physically he sat on the left hand side of the speaker (the opposition side) but emotionally he was with government. The highlight of his first term is when he raised the matter of some NRM bigwigs who had allegedly grabbed land in Mityana and other districts like Kiboga (he mentioned President Paul Kagame as one of them). This allegation shook the House and he was requested to provide more evidence so that the matter could be followed up. To the best of my recollection, he never did. He consequently went very quiet and the only time he opened his mouth is when he was yawning.

In his second term, which he won narrowly, Kaddumukasa, knew that his political goose was about to get cooked. So he decided to sit in the House like a mannequin does at a shop front. He also became irregular in the constituency (once the voters reported him to the Kabaka for being an absentee MP). He took to heavy drinking and all the things that accompany the habit. He basically lost focus. He once whispered to a fellow MP that he would use the new term to make as much money as he could (the means did not matter), to lay a foundation for his life out of parliament. In 2016, Kaddumukasa did not contest in the newly created Mityana municipality (a chunk of which was curved out of Mityana South) because he knew he had no chance in hell. Yet in the process, his dismal performance severely jeopardized the chances of his former CBS colleague, Wamala Balunabba, who offered his candidature in the municipality in 2016. In some areas, voters told Balunabba that they were tired of radio personalities because they don't deliver.
Kaddumukasa disappointed the people who had placed so much faith in him on the basis of his radio displays. In my view, he never measured up to the task.

Allaah gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him."And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things." (6:17)

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